Clarke welcomes new Roads Service Traffic Information Service

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Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
South Down Alliance Spokesperson Councillor Patrick Clarke has welcomed the setting up by Roads Service of a new traffic information service which offers people a number of new ways to access information on traffic flow and road conditions across Northern Ireland roads. Roads Service Traffic Watch website now offers users services including Twitter and SMS text messaging. Over half a million visitors have used the existing website over the last year to access real time traffic news and information, CCTV traffic monitoring cameras, information on planned road works and the “winter service and emergency news” page. The new twitter and text messaging services will enable information on any abnormal traffic conditions to be sent directly to mobile telephones, tablet computers and other portable devices. Welcoming the new service, Clarke said it will offer people new ways of accessing information on traffic flows on roads across Northern Ireland. “Many drivers can plan their driving routes better particularly if they are aware of information on traffic flow or road conditions especially during busy periods such as early morning rush hour or road works being carried out in a certain area.” “The social media enhancements which Roads Service has added to the traffic watch website will greatly increase the availability of information to the public which will improve online access to traffic flow information on road conditions. He addedm “People can register for this service via logging onto and can receive traffic flow information via text messages or by following Roads Service on Twitter @TrafficwatchNI.”
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